Archive for the ‘DAILY LIFE’ Categoryby Northernmost on May 20, 2013 in Daily Life, Dog Quarters with No Comments
I haven’t had much time to blog lately as we have been busy with different building projects here in Nedre Bäck. Yesterday we completed the new puppy pen which will be Wilder’s outdoor play room when he arrives. If we have a litter in the future, this is where the pups will be having their first experiences outdoors. We built the pen in a sunny corner of our garden where the snow melts quickly in spring. Thanks to the breeze from the lake it never gets too warm and there are also concrete paving slabs behind the dog house where our Mals can cool down during hot summer days. It took some hard work to get everything ready but we are really pleased with the project 🙂
The dog house is built mainly from recycled wood. There is insulation in the floors, walls and roof but there are no dividing walls inside. We figured it would be nice for puppies to be able to sleep together and the tunnel inside also creates a fun place where they can play hide and seek.
With one project completed, there is still plenty of work in progress in and around our home. Right now we are working on a small wooden deck outside the door that leads to one of the fenced play areas. Hopefully we’ll get everything ready in time for Wilder’s arrival later this week. I just received a home delivery of a box of toys that I ordered online. “Safe puppy toys – check!”
We went for a long walk along the coast with Gemma and Thunder today. In spring and summer the coast is our favourite place to rewind and recharge our batteries. Our Malamutes love to play on the rocks and in and out of the water, it’s like a huge play park where they can run around for hours before finally settling down. Seeing our dogs so happy makes us happy, and I guess that’s what having dogs is all about 🙂
Gemma and Thunder were WILD today!
Even Gem, who isn’t normally keen on water, played with the waves today and got wet!
Must be that spring in the air?!
Quality time ♥
We often notice that new rocks have been added to the pile, but we never see any people around…
My favourite dog is always the one I’m spending time with.
Thunder is only 9 years of age, but he’s the oldest dog in our pack and deserves some extra TLC.
Gem loves to run off leash but we don’t trust her everywhere as she likes to chase birds and small animals when she gets the chance. The coast, however, is a good place to practise, as there are no roads or people anywhere near.
She found a patch of snow to have a good roll in. In a week or so, all traces of winter will be gone.
It was a beautiful today and if the forecast is right we have a warm and sunny week ahead of us.
Maybe spring and summer is finally here?
After two weeks of warm weather our winter is definitely over. We still have plenty of snow but it doesn’t hold for us to ski or sled on, and the dogs punch through easily, so we have had to accept that the sledding season is over for this time.
Today we took Hilary and Thunder on a walk in Skellefteå which is our nearest major town, situated about 30 minutes from our home. It’s a great place for walking the dogs and socializing them in a busier environment than the quiet country road at home. We went for a two-hour walk along the Skellefte River and watched the last remnants of winter pass us by.
When we go on our town walks we always bring our clickers as it’s a great opportunity to train our dogs to walk on a loose leash, pass other dogs, joggers, bikes etc., and stay focused on us, rather than on everything else. For our “country bumpkin Mals”, staying focused can sometimes be a challenge, but Hilary and Thunder did well today.
During our walk we passed Skellefteå’s beautiful country church, maybe Fredrik and I will get married there next year? Or maybe we’ll get married on top of a mountain, you never know 😉
I always feel a little blue when the winter ends, as I can never get enough of sledding and skijoring, but luckily the sadness only lasts for a day or two. Now we will take care of some spring chores at home before kicking off some off-snow activities. There are so many fun things to do in summer – hiking and packing, carting, agility, tracking and more. I hope the last bit of snow will be gone soon!
Have a happy weekend everyone 🙂
Did you turn the lights off on Saturday night? We did, and spent the evening by a campfire. The moon, the stars and beautiful northern lights lit up the sky. A memorable Earth Hour 2013.
It’s been a beautiful week with calm weather and clear blue skies. We’ve been making the most of every day as we’ll soon need to take a brief break from sledding due to our girls coming into season. This week we’ve also been busy thinking hard about what to name our puppy who will be joining us later this spring. After writing down a long list of options, we ended up choosing the name that came first to us. But more about our puppy news later, have a great weekend everyone 🙂
Fredrik has travelled many miles on the Skidoo this winter, working hard to keep our trail open in between snowfalls. Right now the trail is in great condition so fingers crossed we’ll have no more snow this winter! I think what we have right now is PLENTY!!
Today was a perfect day for just staying home and being lazy. I took some pics of Hilary while she was playing with her favourite black Kong. This toy disappears in the snow during every snowfall but Hilary always finds it and brings it up to the surface again 🙂
If we sit pretty, maybe we’ll get a treat??
There’s a blizzard raging outside so instead of being out sledding I’m catching up on some work in front of the computer today, even though it’s Saturday. The snow is really dumping down right now so I wonder if I’ll have to shovel my way into the dog pens in the morning??
Have a happy weekend everyone!
Our Leia Bear is 8 years old today! We celebrated her birthday by going for a long walk in the sunshine. The thermometer showed +9C (48F), so it’s too warm to work the dogs in harness but hopefully it will cool down again by the end of the week. Leia loves to go on off-leash walks and play rough games in the snow with her buddy Thunder. Ever since they first met (when Leia was 8 weeks old and Thunder 9 months) she has had him right under her thumb. Luckily, Thunder doesn’t seem to mind one bit. Happy Birthday Leia Bear, we love you!
Snowhow Shade of Raven, WTD, aka Leia, 8 Years Old!
We had a visit from Fredrik’s mum’s Labrador James who had a good romp in the snow with Hilary and Lyra. James is an extremely good natured dog and a great playmate who can keep up with (and wear out!) even the most exuberant Malamute teenager. If we have a litter in the future we’ll have to borrow him for puppy play sessions as this fun loving boy is a perfect introduction to other breeds.
Are you tired already??
While our pack consists of seven dogs we still try to make sure that each dog spends quality time alone with us on a regular basis. Today was Thunder’s turn to feel special so I took him for a walk on the lake during my lunch break and during the rest of the day he kept me company in my office. It was a beautiful day today but a bit colder than we’ve become accustomed to this winter. I have mild frostbite injuries from earlier adventures and during our walk today I could feel the tingling sensation as my cheeks and chin went numb in the cold air. It’s difficult to protect the face without having to wear a funny looking balaclava.
In this pic you can see my mum’s house by the shore while our home is further up behind the trees.
Fredrik has worked hard to keep the path open between our house and the garage. I don’t know how many times he has had to start all over again due to the huge amount of snow falling this winter.
Thunder began our walk by sticking his head in the deep snow like he always does…
…I guess he likes the sensation of cold snow on his face?
There were beautiful “ice crystal leaves” in the trees today.
A gust of wind and they’re gone!
On cold days like today we make chicken water for the dogs. We have found that this is the most reliable way of making them drink plenty even in the coldest weather. Before serving the water we remove the bones and mix the boiling water with cold water until it reaches a suitable temperature. Yummy!! We also use baited water prior to every training run to make sure the dogs are well hydrated. When we go on overnight trips we bring tuna instead of chicken.Tuna is Tuisku’s personal favourite and is also easier to pack in the sled.
We ended Thunder’s day by watching telly together. This boy knows how to make the most of life and seems to enjoy every moment of it, whether out in the snow or on the couch 😉
Sharing some pics of happiness this Friday evening; Running behind the snowmobile while we are out packing the trail is FUN says Tuisku! No harness, no lines, no sled – just running!
Happy Malamute weekend everyone 🙂